I think for many of us maintaining a balanced lifestyle is important. There are many ways to describe a balanced lifestyle — it can be based on work, relationships, activities, what you consume, how many hours of sleep you get, your mental well-being or your physical health.
In Dr. Kaileigh Strath’s case, she is literally working to keep you physically balanced. Strath is a licensed chiropractor, having recently graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
After seven and a half years of schooling, she’s looking forward to building her business and client base in Brandon.
Originally from Souris, Strath recently joined Dr. Stewart McMillan at Harvest Chiropractic and Wellness Centre to start her practice. She specializes in the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) procedure, which she’s excited to share with Manitobans.
“NUCCA is really popular out west in Calgary and B.C.,” Strath said. “It’s a very gentle, precise technique where you align the upper neck to remove any interference there may be with the nervous system.”
Strath is the only chiropractor in Brandon, and possibly all of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, practising this technique.
According to the website nucca.org, this procedure can help to relieve a number of symptoms, some of which include: neck and back pain, headaches and migraines, stress, leg and arm numbness, sinus and allergy problems, depression, hormonal imbalance and arthritis.
“My uncle, who practises in Kelowna and also specializes in the NUCCA procedure, inspired me to become a chiropractor,” Strath said. “I saw how much his patients loved him and how much he loved his job.”
Strath had to take additional courses while completing her schooling to become a NUCCA specialist and still continues to further her education. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to start her practice in her home province and to share this unique form of chiropractic treatment.
“I’ve always been super interested in health. I love the fact that NUCCA can help people to improve their overall health and well-being.”
Harvest Chiropractic is located at 716 18th St. in the Thomas Mall. For more information, contact Strath at 204-717-8000.
Check, check, check
Have you ever gone away on vacation to only come home to:
• Dead plants?
• A dreadful smell because your freezer or refrigerator quit working?
• Long, scruffy lawn or heaps of snow covering the driveway?
• A flooded basement because the hot water tank leaked?
• A mailbox full of flyers and newspapers?
• Frozen pipes, cold house, hot house, cold pool, hot pool, dead fish?
Well, if you’re like me, you’re likely nodding to at least two or three of these things on the list. Lucky for us, there is now someone in the neighbourhood who can help.
Stef and Sheilagh Remillard recently started a new business venture called Good To Go Home Check. Stef said it all started from their personal experiences.
“We’re both originally from Winnipeg, so when we go away, we don’t have family in the city who can just swing by and check in on our house,” Stef said. “We figured that if we’re having these problems, others must be as well and that’s when the business concept was developed.”
The idea behind Good To Go Home Check is that the Remillards will provide homeowners who are on vacation, extended leaves or business trips with regular, reliable home visits to help ensure it stays safe and secure.
According to Remillard, most insurance policies state that when you’re on vacation, someone should be checking your house every two to three days. Good to Go Home Check will help families comply with this requirement.
“We’re insured and bondable and we provide a contract and checklist for every homeowner so that we know exactly what people are expecting and needing,” he said. “We’re not limited to the services listed on our website; we’ll basically individualize a plan for each homeowner based on their needs.”
While the Remillards currently work in the emergency services and health-care fields, they look forward to growing their business and helping homeowners have a more relaxing time away from home.
“We want people to feel good about having someone to call who will be dependable and reliable,” he said. “People no longer have to bug their neighbours, friends or family. We want to be the ones they count on when they go away to keep an eye on things at home and offer peace of mind.”
For more details on the Remillards’ new business, visit goodtogohomecheck.ca.
» Wanda Kurchaba is a Brandon freelance writer and a communications and marketing specialist. This column on Westman’s business community appears each Saturday. Contact Wanda directly with any story ideas.